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Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.
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Fraud email example:
From: Mrs.Sandra Henkman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Thu, 11 May 2006 11:06:54 +0800
Subject: Claim your prize
INTEGRATED SYSTEM DIGITAL NETWORK (ISDN) NV..
INTERNATIONAL LOTTERY PROMOTION
2516 CK DEN HAAG
REF: ISDN7251401/41 BATCH: 63/21720101/ILPPA/ISDNIP
We are pleased to inform you of the result of the Lottery Winners International programs held on the 29th April 2006.
Your e-mail address attached to ticket number 4720154-27 with serial number 715429-10
drew lucky numbers 33-01-91-41-4 which consequently won in the 1st category, you have therefore been approved for a lump sum pay out of US$ 500,000.00(Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars)
Due to mix up of some numbers and names, we ask that you keep your winning information confidential until your claims has been processed and your money Remitted to you. This is part of our security protocol to avoid double claiming and unwarranted abuse of this program by some participants.
All participants were selected through a computer ballot system drawn from over 20,000 company and 30,000,000 individual email addresses and names from all over the world. This promotional program takes place every year.
This lottery was promoted and sponsored by eminent personalities like Mr. Bill Gates and the sultan of Brunei, we hope with part of your winning you will take part in our next year USD50 million International Promotion lottery. To file for your claim, please contact our fiducially Agent:
Phillip Van De Vart, (email@example.com )
Foreign Operations Director,
International SDS finance
Remember all winning must be claimed not later than 20th May 2006.
after this date all unclaimed funds will be included in the next stake. Please note in order to avoid unnecessary delays and complications endeavor to quote your reference and batch numbers in
all first correspondence. Furthermore, should there be any change of address do
inform our agent as soon as possible. We hope with part of your winning you will take part
in our next year 30 million dollars international lottery.
Once more from our members of staff, we thank you for being part of our promotional program.
Note: anybody under the age of 18 is automatically disqualified.
Mrs. Sandra Eastwood,
NB: We are very sorry for the delay!!!